verb (used with object), no·ti·fied, no·ti·fy·ing.

to inform (someone) or give notice to: to notify the police of a crime.
Chiefly British. to make known; give information of: The sale was notified in the newspapers.

Origin of notify

1325–75; Middle English notifien < Middle French notifier < Latin nōtificāre, equivalent to (g)nōt(us) (past participle of (g)nōscere to come to know; see know1) + -ificāre -ify
Related formsno·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectiveno·ti·fi·er, nounpre·no·ti·fy, verb (used with object), pre·no·ti·fied, pre·no·ti·fy··no·ti·fy, verb (used with object), re·no·ti·fied, re·no·ti·fy·ing.un·no·ti·fied, adjective

Synonyms for notify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for notify

Contemporary Examples of notify

Historical Examples of notify

  • He tells you of his coming as he might notify a tavern wench.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • "I will, after I notify the proper officials that I have arrived," decided the lad.

  • "We can notify the authorities at Simpson's Corners," said Mr. Basswood.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • If so, Roger, would he be fool enough to notify me beforehand?

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • "Notify the police," Chuck said at last, but Janet shook her head.


    Dorothy Whitehill

British Dictionary definitions for notify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to inform; tell
mainly British to draw attention to; make known; announce
Derived Formsnotifier, noun

Word Origin for notify

C14: from Old French notifier, from Latin notificāre to make known, from nōtus known + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for notify

late 14c., from Old French notefiier "make known, inform, apprise" (13c.), from Latin notificare "to make known, notify," from Latin notus "known" (see notice (n.)) + root of facere "make, do" (see factitious). Related: Notified; notifying.

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